Thursday, February 04, 2010

First Thursday

I have a myriad of thoughts , thoughts wanting to be gathered into writing, perhaps into a blog post on the role of women in families.

Thoughts loosely gathered after watching Cranford this week; after comments; from life ; after a moving homily on Sunday, a homily based on St Paul's Love commentary. First Epistle to the Corinthians, Chapter 13. If I speak with the tongues of men, and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal....

But no time to tie up the gathered thoughts into writing. Instead, the thoughts are picked up here and there, intertwined for a minute, become ungathered the next, while I wait. And think. And hope to find time for the final gathering of these thoughts into a blog post.

In the mean time, of course, life meanders, no, races, along.

And we come already to the first Thursday of the month. In which we choose to pray for priests in this Year for the Priest...Assist at Holy Mass and receive Holy Communion . Go to Confession and pray for the intentions of the Pope. Offer prayers to Jesus Christ supreme and eternal Priest, for the priests of His Church, or perform any good work to sanctify and conform priests to Christ’s Heart.

Some of the members of our parish Womens Group prayed at Mass this morning for priests and religious and, specifically, for the friars. Conventual Franciscans (OFM Conventuals).

The Church has offered us a Plenary indulgence during the Year of the Priest if we go to Mass, offering our Mass for the purification and sanctification of priests through Jesus the eternal high Priest.

It is an opportunity for grace for our priests, our families (vocations) and ourselves.

Official prayer for the Holy Year

Dear Lord, we pray that the Blessed Mother wrap her mantle around Your priests and through her intercession strengthen them for their ministry. We pray that Mary will guide your priests to follow her own words “Do what ever He tells you” (Jn 2:5)May Your priests have the heart of St Joseph, Mary’s most chaste spouse. May the Blessed Mother’s own pierced heart inspire them to embrace all who suffer at the foot of the Cross. May Your priests be Holy, filled with the fire of Your love seeking nothing but Your greater glory and the salvation of souls. Amen.

Prayer for Vocations: Archbishop Justin Rigali

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Eternal Father, Son of the Virgin Mary, we thank You for offering Your life in sacrifice on the Cross, and for renewing this sacrifice in every Mass celebrated throughout the world. In the Power of the Holy Spirit we adore You and proclaim Your living presence in the Eucharist. We desire to imitate the love You show us in Your death and resurrection, by loving and serving one another. We ask you to call many young people to religious life, and to provide holy and generous priests that are so needed in Your Church today. Lord Jesus, hear our prayer. Amen

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